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Woman holding a Basket: C.16-1932

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Current Location: In storage


Woman holding a Basket


Factory: Bow Porcelain Manufactory




Soft-paste porcelain containing bone-ash, figure of an African woman holding a Basket, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted over lead-glaze in polychrome enamels.

Soft-paste porcelain containing bone-ash, figure of an African woman holding a Basket, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted over lead-glaze in blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, orange, and black enamels. The underside is partly glazed, and has a central ventilation hole; the underside of the feet are unglazed. The square base has a scrolled edge and four scroll and rock feet, angled so that one foot is at centre front. She stands on her right foot with her left relaxed behind her. Her head is turned to her right, and she holds up her right hand to her headdress. Over her left arm she has a basket of eggs (?). On each side of her right foot there is an applied flower and leaves. Her face, neck and hands are glossy black. She wears a tall yellow headdress which falls down to her shoulders at the back; a white long sleeved dress, the skirt of which is scattered with orange and blue flowers and leaves, and a long pink coat with short sleeves, a blue collar and lining, black buttons as far as the waist, and an orange belt. Her shoes are black with blue bows. Her basket is pale yellow. One flower on the base is blue and one orange. The scrolls are picked out in dark pink and the rocky areas of the two front feet are green and yellow.


History note: Unknown before donor, Mrs W.D. (Frances Louisa) Dickson, Bournemouth

Legal notes

Given by Mrs W.D. Dickson

Measurements and weight

Height: 18 cm

Place(s) associated

  • Stratford-le-Bow ⪼ Essex ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1932) by Dickson, W. D. (Frances Louisa), Mrs


18th Century, Mid#
George II
George III
Production date: circa AD 1760


This figure was derived from a Meissen model by Peter Reinicke.

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( blue, green, yellow, pink, dark pink, orange, and black)
Across Feet Width 9.6 cm

Materials used in production

presumed lead Lead-glaze
Soft-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Press-moulding : Soft-paste porcelain containing bone-ash, press-moulded, hand-modelled, and painted over lead-glaze in polychrome enamels
Glazing (coating)

Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: circular with black printed border with reserved lettering

  • Location: Base
  • Type: Label

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.16-1932
Primary reference Number: 41763
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 27 July 2023 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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